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LDP lawmaker comments on ROK court order to compensate former comfort women

Nikkei wrote that Masahisa Sato, director of the LDP’s Foreign Affairs Division, commented on a South Korean court’s order to the Japanese government to pay compensation to former Korean comfort women at the division’s meeting on Tuesday by reportedly saying that asking South Korean Ambassador to Tokyo Nam Gwan-pyo to return home may be an option. Sato told reporters after the meeting that the government must take visible action because this is a grave infringement of Japanese sovereignty. Yomiuri and Sankei quoted Sato as saying that Japan should consider various steps, including appealing to the International Court of Justice. Yomiuri wrote that many members of the LDP division criticized the court decision at the meeting and that the group is planning to urge Foreign Minister Motegi to take retaliatory steps against the ROK.

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